Wednesday, June 29, 2005

War of the Worlds!

In a word, Sucks!

I can't believe this is a classic of SciFi. Granted, the effects are great. But, give me a break - That's like saying the girl has a nice personality. Haven't we seen too many movies with great effects and nothing else.

The movie didn't move. There was no tension. I even like Tom Cruise - He is the same in pretty much every role. In this, he is shifted alittle, but not much.

I wonder about the original HG Wells. Was the plot always this lame? Steven Spielberg! Did he make ET?

Thumbs down! It's another movie trying to blast us out of the theater with effects and very little else.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Take Action: A Bipartisan Plan to End the War

Take Action: A Bipartisan Plan to End the War

As a person of faith, I have long been concerned about the war in Iraq. More than 1,720 U.S. soldiers have been killed, as well as tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians. The Bush administration remains mired in the quicksand of a disastrous war, and I am even more concerned that the president has refused to publicize an exit strategy or commit to a withdrawal date. As more and more of our young men and women are dying, there seems to be no end in sight.

I'm one of many who feel this way. Two recent polls, as I'm sure you've heard, show that a majority of the American public disapproves of this war. In the poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, more than 40% of those polled said the war in Iraq was becoming analogous to the war in Vietnam.

It's time for an exit strategy. I urge you to support H.J.RES.55, the new bipartisan resolution calling for the Bush administration to announce a plan by the end of the year for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq - and to initiate the plan as soon as possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sign it and send it at this address -

Fluid Imagination: What the hell is going on?

Fluid Imagination: What the hell is going on?: "What the hell is going on?"

Kyle Callahan has a good bead on things - and sums up a few things after returning from the Great Land, Alaska. Great post, Kyle!

The ONE Campaign | Take Action

The ONE Campaign | Take Action: "THE ONE DECLARATION

“WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. WE RECOGNIZE that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing an additional one percent of the U.S. budget toward meeting basic needs – education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans – would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries. WE COMMIT ourselves - one person, one voice, one vote at a time - to make a better, safer world for all.”"

Where do I sign?The ONE Campaign

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Bono talks of US crusade

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Bono talks of US crusade: "'My first experience of America was watching Neil Armstrong on the moon. America looked like a place where anything could happen. That's what we're asking Bush - to bring mankind back to earth. We have the technology, we have the resources and the knowhow, but do we have the will?'"

Where the streets have no name! ...

Way to go Bono - The article talks about the One Campaign, Jesse Helms' on AIDS, etc. You have to give Bono credit, he does more than his share, I think.

2 Cents Worth � Blog Archive � Dave Weinberger Speaks at NECC

2 Cents Worth � Blog Archive � Dave Weinberger Speaks at NECC: "Knowledge is conversation"

The shape of knowledge, the dewey decimal system, wikipedia, etc at the NECC - that's National Educational Computing Conference.

The motto of the conference is "Sparking a revolution in learning". I'm glad so many people are thinking and working to make education better. Schooling is such a big part of our lives and it doesn't HAVE to suck.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

National Priorities Project:Better Security for Less Money

National Priorities Project:Better Security for Less Money: "Find out about an alternative plan to increase our national security, save money and free up dollars for domestic needs. State and city breakdowns are available."

Has anyone heard of the "F/A-22 Raptor Aircraft, the SSN-774 Virginiaclass Submarine and the DD(X) Destroyer"?

The Boca Beacon - Boca Grande's Weekly Newspaper

The Boca Beacon - Boca Grande's Weekly Newspaper: "The US Senate will shortly begin two weeks of debate on a comprehensive energy bill involving oil and gas exploration resources off the coast of Florida.

Florida senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez say they've reached an agreement designed to prevent any effort to weaken the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off Florida's coast. This agreement could extend bans on drilling off Florida's coast through at least 2112. This, however, does not guarantee Florida coasts are home free. The current energy bill that will be under debate includes language that would allow exploration of oil and gas resources off Florida coasts."

Drexel CoAS E-Learning: OrgoFrag Demo

Drexel CoAS E-Learning: OrgoFrag Demo: "The player navigates through a map with organic chemistry reactions on the walls. Walking through a correct reaction leads to more exploration of the map and goodies like weapons, ammo or health. Walking through an incorrect reaction leads to death by falling into a deep dark pit."


Quick Online Tips: Free Image Hosting on Blogger

Quick Online Tips: Free Image Hosting on Blogger: "Blogger has finally implemented the facility for free image hosting. No more looking around for free web image hosting."

Yea! Right on Blogger!

.... but I can't do it from the "BlogThis!" window yet.

My first image with blogger image hosting!

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Command T.O.C.: Classic Misdirection By The Right Wing

The Command T.O.C.: Classic Misdirection By The Right Wing: "For example, rather than acknowledging that the US has engaged in a horrible display of torture and mistreatment of prisoners (Gitmo, Iraq and Afghanistan prisons), they misdirected the national discussion to whether Newsweek was accurate or not when they said a Koran was flushed down the toilet. Somehow, the public became more interested in the fact that it was untrue we flushed it down the toilet. Of course, the reality was we urinated on it but the fact that it was not flushed seemed to satisfy the right wing that the reporting was wrong."

I like this guy, CPT Kevin, more each day. He is illustrating a point. Arguments seem to head directly to the details and is hardly ever about the "real issue". There has to be a logical falacey - Misdirection or red herring or something.

He is saying that whether the holy book was pissed on or flushed became the most important part of the coverage in the MSM (Main Stream Media - I learned that term on some RightWing blogs). Is it the most important part of the story to us - voters and taxpayers? I wonder WHERE it was pissed on - in the toilet? on the floor? Does that bring anything new or helpful to the discussion of terror and how to stop it?

Not Really when we are discussing the FACT that the US is running a lawless detention center (torture chamber? Coercion chamber?) Maybe we need a detention center? Maybe we don't? Instead of debate, we get smoke and mirrors, lies and deception... all because no one wants to lose.

What I don't understand and what gives me the most concern, is that, the leaders of this country (Govt, Media, Big Biz) would rather let us squabble over the details. And lie to us about reasons. Trick us into doing things. Instead of telling the truth.

I get the feeling that if we knew the truth (YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!), we wouldn't support those leaders. I think, if we knew the truth, we would make better decisions and elect better leaders. The leaders don't want to lose - lose an election, viewers, profits. So they lie, cheat, steal - Whatever it takes... And we all end up losing in the end.

again thanks to CPT Kevin for a clear vision and voice.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Command T.O.C.

The Command T.O.C.: "Where is the accountability for the Bush administration?"

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Incomplete Manifesto

Incomplete Manifesto

I think everyone needs a Manifesto. This one is pretty cool. Here are some others. Cluetrain, Communist, fruits.

Software has a manifesto. I really liked basecamp / backpack / tada lists after reading this document. It seems that the lights are on and the company is thinking.

Computer book authors have Manifesto's - I love Cathy Sierra. And we share a Birthday!

Newman Lanier's Manifesto - Coming soon!

Lin Yutang Quotes & Quotations compiled by GIGA

Lin Yutang Quotes & Quotations compiled by GIGA: "When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set."



I always thought it meant that Halloween was near.... but he is right, sun is about to set. Books: The Importance Of Living Books: The Importance Of Living

I found this book by accident at the PageOne books. I opened it to a page about travelling and missing the point of travelling. He talked about how some people miss the point and, if you are so inclined, you could get more out of a trip to the backyard, than to some misty summit far from home.


read the reviews on the link page. The book has had a strong effect on people.

Well, duh! This guy lived in Taiwan in a resort area called Yangminshan. Here is alittle article.

GEEKS.OPML.ORG : What is a HomePage?


I'm thinking of making a home page. For me and for others to find out about me... It's gotta have .... something...

Tactical Iraqi - Iraqi Arabic Made Easy

Tactical Iraqi - Iraqi Arabic Made Easy: "'As-salaamu aleykum'"

I've been following this story for a bit.

I believe computer simulation video games are an excellent teaching tool. Players are engrossed. The attention span for a game is very long. It's an emersive environment. The risk of embarrassment is low - For getting something wrong, for instance.

What about a video game where you are helping Scientists in a lab - you have to remember the names of things (like the Scientists themselves, or equipment or chemicals they ask you to get.), Problem solving, report writing....

We can virtually recreate a work group for students - they have to practice - get the chance to practice what really goes on in the workplace. And not just the workplace of today - Maybe the student is teleported back to the lab of a famous scientist?

Video game have so much potential as learning platforms. This Iraqi language learning game is the first game I've heard about that uses the idea of a simulate emersive environment for a language learner.

Monday, June 20, 2005

My brother and I are taking turns driving around the block. That's my Grandma there on the left. She has got candy for the fastest driver.

The Liberty Dollar Bill

The Liberty Dollar Bill: "Look at your one dollar bill. On the backside there is an eagle and a large green pyramid with the eye over it. Mr. Wright and his students thought that replacing this strange design with an abridged version of the United States Constitution encompassing the entire Preamble and a brief description of each of the seven Articles and each of the twenty-seven Amendments would serve many educational purposes."

Let's make brand America clear for the rest of the world. America isn't great because we are rich, or big. America is great beacause of ideas set down by the founding fathers. These ideas haven't been fully realised and need help to spread.

American image is out of focus around the world. This might make it more clear. Even for people right here at home, even our leadership.

What makes America Great? People and Documents

Broadcast Flag - sneakin' thru the senate

Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things: "ALABAMA Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
ALASKA Senator Ted Stevens (202) 224-3004
HAWAII Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934
IOWA Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
KANSAS Senator Sam Brownback (202) 224-6521
KENTUCKY Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
MARYLAND Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654
MISSOURI Senator Christopher Bond (202) 224-5721
NEW HAMPSHIRE Senator Judd Gregg (202) 224-3324
NEW MEXICO Senator Pete Domenici (202) 224-6621
NORTH DAKOTA Senator Byron Dorgan (202) 224-2551
TEXAS Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922
VERMONT Senator Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242
WASHINGTON Senator Patty Murray (202) 224-2621
WISCONSIN Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653

'Hello, Senator _________'s office'

'Hi, I'm a constituent. I'm registering my opposition to the broadcast flag amendment being introduced in the Senate Commerce Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee mark-up on Tuesday, and in full committee on Thursday.'

(*** You can give your own reasons for opposing the flag here. Here's a sample: ***)

'The Broadcast Flag cripples any device capable of receiving over-the-air digital broadcasts.'

'It give Hollywood movie studios a permanent veto over how members of the American public use our televisions.'

'It forces American innovators to beg the FCC for permission before adding new features to TV.'

'It will prevent fair use of copyrighted works: critical review, and use of material in distance learning'

'This is an important issue which will affect all Americans, and should not be inserted in a large bill, at the last moment, with no debate.'

'Please oppose the broadcast flag amendment. My name and address are ___________________.'

'Thank you for your time.'

Good luck!"

Summer Moon Illusion

Summer Moon Illusion: "Step outside any evening at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth's moon, round and cratered; the Man in the Moon is in his usual place. But something's wrong. This full moon is strangely inflated. It's huge!

You've just experienced the Moon Illusion." State & Regional: Fair singer's politics riles some in Haines 06/19/05 State & Regional: Fair singer's politics riles some in Haines 06/19/05

The Oil We Eat (

The Oil We Eat ( "The journalist’s rule says: follow the money. This rule, however, is not really axiomatic but derivative, in that money, as even our vice president will tell you, is really a way of tracking energy. We’ll follow the energy."

Brazilians buck rising gas prices with innovative fuel

Brazilians buck rising gas prices with innovative fuel: "What most can agree on is that Brazil is an example of what might have been if America had seriously committed itself 30 years ago to renewable energy.

'If we would have spent one-hundredth of the money that we have spent to send tanks around the world to protect our oil supplies ... we would already be using cellulosic ethanol,' said Michael Bryan, chief executive of BBI International, a Colorado-based bio-fuels consulting company.

Viva la Brasil!

etown : e-chievement awards : recent winners

etown : e-chievement awards : recent winners

I listen to eTown... yeah, I do. It's a Radio Show that comes on KNBA on Saturday mornings and it's occasionally cool and occasionally too Garrison Keylor. But, I really like what they are trying to do. They mix up musicians of different styles and reach out to find progressive solutions to things. It's all so cheery and nice, and then sort of out of place harsh. Like a hippy saying they would like to kill everyone that eats meat... Anyway...

One of my favorite parts of this show is the e-chievement awards. Each week they do a story about someone that is doing something to help others in their community. It's a cool way to give attention to someone's work and define the values of the community. It also gives people inspiration and ideas to start something themselves.

In the last 3 weeks, they have put the spotlight on Alternative fuels, holistic healthcare, and urban tree planting.

I like it.

Here is how they explain it:
[quote] One of the show's most popular segments is the e-chievement award. Listeners from around the country send in tales of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond. From massive river clean-ups to programs that help the homeless, from neighborhood environmental activists to national social and environmental organizations, we take pride in celebrating the success stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things.

One step at a time. That's how things change, that's how problems are solved. That's the message delivered each week, as we recognize people around the country who've found positive solutions to challenges in their communities. Each winner is nominated by a listener and joins us live, by phone or in person, to tell their personal story on the air.

Since 1991, etown has presented hundreds of e-chievement awards with documented, positive results. Our winners have experienced:

* Greater funding for their non-profit efforts
* Additional contributions of resources
* Increased volunteer time, in-kind services, and more

etown also sponsors our e-chievement award winners for one year on the "Make The Difference Network (MTDN)." MTDN's intention is to create a "Connecting Point" where those people who want to "Experience the Magic of Giving" can connect with nonprofit organizations who have specific "Wishes" and projects and make direct donations in support of those "Wishes." (

etown has put thousands of listeners in touch with our award winners. Building community through e-chievement awards ... it's what the "e" in etown is all about.


Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page - from the US department of energy

EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page

This might be an interesting read. Can America change isn't energy gultony? This is a link to the Department of Energy Website about Alternative Fuels. My Dream President would talk about this every night as he tours the country in a BioDiesel Motorhome.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

And, 1972, I was born.

The party hasn't stop since.


Thursday, June 16, 2005

White House rejects call for Iraq pullout - Yahoo! News

White House rejects call for Iraq pullout - Yahoo! News: "'This message would say to the terrorists: 'All you have to do is wait until that day when our troops leave and then you can start carrying out those attacks and just hold out.'' he said."

Do you think there will be more attacks when US troops leave? I think the US occupation is the reason for the attacks. Once the troops leave the streets, violence will decrease and DEMOCRACY can grow.

I think the problem is that - the real problem - is that the US is afraid of Democracy. There are afraid if the Iraqi people actually had a say they would elect someone who doesn't like the US - And who would blame them after what happened and is happening. The US is afraid of democracy in South America. And the US is afraid of democracy in our "homeland".

Doesn't anyone remember that we had to fight a revolution against an empire to become the United States.

Am I being stupid here? Naive? unamerican?

The Command T.O.C.: SGT Accused of Murdering Two Officers

The Command T.O.C.: SGT Accused of Murdering Two Officers

This is indeed a sad day for the military and the return of a Vietnam era type military is almost certain.

Did someone just say Vietnam?

They're not all right-wing nuts. | MetaFilter

They're not all right-wing nuts. | MetaFilter

That's right!

Brian McLaren writes:

"[T]his power of consumerism, the power of money, and the power of the desire for more, and the idea that we live for the economy — I think this has an enormously subversive and subtle power. A quick example: Right now, I'm involved with a group of people who are very concerned about the situation in Darfur in the Western Sudan. I knew there was a genocide going on there twelve months ago, and four hundred thousand more people have died since then. I think I just assumed somebody would do something about it. And it’s just stunning to me about how little can get done. Meanwhile, Christians are arguing about what seems to me to be incredibly pathetic, trivial things compared to 400 thousand people dying, when, if they can get so much stuff out there about their national agenda, if they were to push this to the front, four hundred thousand lives could have been saved."

Footprints of Whitman

Footprints of Whitman

Whitman, Walt Whitman

In order to graduate from UNC, every student must pass a swim test and become a "bold swimmer"

Democrat Urges Inquiry on Bush, Iraq - Yahoo! News

Democrat Urges Inquiry on Bush, Iraq - Yahoo! News


watts4u2 blog - A wilmington blogger talks sense

watts4u2 blog: "More Damning than Downing Street:

'Earlier this month, Jeremy Scahill wrote a powerful piece on The Nation's website, describing a huge air assault in September 2002,

umm... September 2002... Hey wait, that's before the war started. Hey, we aren't playing by the rules...

read on...

Impeach Bush!


“Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., accused President Bush of lying to the nation about a war which has consumed tens of billions of dollars and claimed more than 1,700 American lives -- including the life of (her son) Army Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan. ...

“Sheehan ridiculed Bush for saying that it's ‘hard work’ comforting the widow of a soldier who's been killed in Iraq: ‘Hard work is seeing your son's murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you're enjoying the last supper you'll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both,’ she said ...

"’We're watching you very carefully and we're going to do everything in our power to have you impeached for misleading the American people,’ she said, quoting a letter she sent to the White House. ‘Beating a political stake in your black heart will be the fulfillment of my life ... ,’ she said, as the audience of 200 people cheered.”

Support our troops

Next time someone tells you to "Support our Troops" and stop critizing Bush, play this video for them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

oh man

I'm really diggin down to the bottom now... The rain won't let up... and it's getting worst.

Anyway, I'm sitting on my ass and I haven't left my apt for three days - except to venture to the 7-11 for food.

I got started on this rocketboom with Pete Lowney interview. I was excited to see a friend and a local hero. It was a realization that citizen media is working for me. Like Eddie says, there is enough stories in my circle of friends to keep me interested and educated and entertained - I don't need to hear about Mr. and Mrs Smith or that short Scientology guy.

So, after Pete's story I made a page for him. I wanted to tell his story as documented on the web. He is and is doing quite alot to be recognized and written about. How does the quote go "Write something worth reading. Or do something worth writing." So he inspired me.

But, all this talk of war and corrupt government and evil corporations and powers that be... it all makes me first wanted to fight and then very freakin' tired. I don't want to fight. Can't I just fight by not participating? Like grandma said, "I'm never going to shop here again."

It might be too late for that, grandma.

The gravity of the situation is this. The bad guys are us. We do the harm. Granted, 'The Man' is helping us out of this situation. The government won't help us use less fuel or develop creative ways to educate ourselves or promote peaceful culture. The fact is that it isn't in there best interest to keep the status quo. Which is a ... horrible pill to swallow.

I feel that politicians and the majority of American LIKE what is going on. They like it! The war is Iraq is great! Cuba is fine! Torture is okay, as long as it is the bad guys and terrorists. Sure!

... I guess I just don't understand the vision.

Explain to me how an oil company lobbyist gets to edit documents on global environmental issues. Teach me the importance of violence to stop violence. Space weapons? No child left behind? Healthcare?

Where is the country going? I want to know.

Pete Lowney is everywhere!!!

Wow! Last night I was thinking of Pete and did an internet search. He is all over the internet. I was impressed! I got to thinking about him more and he is definitely achieved "Alaskan Character" Status and so, I posted an article about him in the

I made a link to the posts about him as a protester and anti-war hero.

Today, I'm surfing my daily links and find that rocketboom is covering the Army's birthday in Boston and who is there... Pete!

Check it out!!!

On Rocketboom


Dave's Magnum Opus?

Users and developers party together. - Dave Winer,

Dave is working hard to release an instant outliner. I'm hoping for a Magnum Opus from uncle Davey.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Kickin' Ass

Hey All! I just read a great article by Creating Passionate Users

I've been kickin' ass lately and I like it. You may want to read this article over at "creating passionate users". Sierra over there is a gifted and insightful communicator. She explains that "being better is more fun". And
The more knowledge and skill someone has, the more passionate they become, and the more passionate they become, the more they try to improve their knowledge and skills.
I think she is calling this state of being "kicking ass". And doesn't it make sense.

Somepeople might thinking of kicking ass in terms of fighting or winning a game (ie. The Spurs just kicked the Pistons ass... ) But you can also kick ass at work. Doesn't it feel like you are a ninja sometimes when you are clearing your desk at the end of the day? You are kicking ass! When you are riding your bike up the hill at it feels flat, like you are flying up the hill - YOU ARE KICKING ASS!

This is a state of passion that Sierra talks about - What she is trying to explain in her blog and what she is trying to achieve in her books.

"learning and growth is the key component" of kicking ass / passion. And it seems true. Don't you love it when you master a new trick on the snowboard? Or when you use that new game in the classroom and it works? ... Getting better at something is the key.

So let's get better at something today. Can you get better at eating ice cream and watching Star Wars DVDs? Well, I'm going to find out. I might try some honey topping on the ice cream. Cheers!

PS: I just sold the TV and dumb-bells. I'm sort of sad to see the dumbbells go.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Going away for the weekend!

I heading South - towards KenTing where my adult student, Snow, tells me there is big Surf. A Typhoon is stiring things up and the waves should be good.

See yall on Monday night!